The Effects Of Dual Relations On The Therapeutic Alliance Essay

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In a psychotherapist’s office, there are a multitude of occurrences that may prompt possible boundary crossings and violations - some that may impact the therapeutic alliance or some that may enhance the relationship. Therefore, a psychotherapist must weigh the possible risks and benefits when coming across such instances that may engender a boundary crossing, a boundary violation, or a formation of a dual relationship. Although, not all boundary crossings or dual relationships are considered unethical, psychotherapists should still be weary of trespassing such ambiguous territory, especially when the trespassing can lead to exploitation of a client or impairment on the psychotherapist’s professional judgment (Jensen, 2005). Thus, an analysis of decision-making is warranted in Lying on the Couch (Yalom, 1997), where psychotherapists, Dr. Marshal Streider and Dr. Ernest Lash, facilitate a myriad of dual relationships and boundary crossings via self-disclosure, without taking into consideration the implications this may have on the client. A dual relationship is defined by the American Psychological Association as one in which a psychotherapist is in not only a professional relationship with a client, but is also either in a non-professional relationship with that client or in a non-professional relationship with someone who is close to that client (APA, 2010). In Lying on the Couch (Yalom, 1997), Dr. Streider enters a professional relationship with Peter Macondo, who

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